2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 2, 2013 1:05 PM by lithodora

    Keyboard Shortcut to run System Services [Mac]

    lithodora

      In Indesign (and everything else) under the Application Menu there is a 'Services' sub menu. I want to be able to use the keyboard shortcut for one of them but Indesign does not seem to recognize it and I am unable to assign it.

       

      I should be able to type a formula (ie. 12+3) into a text frame, then select the text and solve it by pressing CMD+*. InDesign does not recognize the shortcut though. If I have the text selected and use the mouse to select the menu it solves the equation.

       

      Is there anyway I can access that without writting a new script to do what already exists?

        • 1. Re: Keyboard Shortcut to run System Services [Mac]
          John Hawkinson Level 5

          The Services menu is controlled by the OS, not by InDesign. So bind theshortcut in System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts.

          I believe you have to pull down the Services menu with the mouse (so that the shortcut is visible) before it will be active.

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          • 2. Re: Keyboard Shortcut to run System Services [Mac]
            lithodora Level 1

            The shortcut CMD+* is there by default.

             

            In order to use it in InDesign I went ahead and scripted it, put the script in the scripts panel and gave it a keyboard shortcut.

             

             

            activate application "Adobe InDesign CS5.5"
            tell application "System Events"
                 tell process "Adobe InDesign CS5.5"
                       tell menu bar 1
                            tell menu bar item "InDesign"
                                 tell menu 1
                                      tell menu item "Services"
                                           tell menu 1
                                               tell menu item "Script Editor"
                                                    tell menu 1
                                                         click menu item "Get Result of Applescript"
                                                    end tell
                                               end tell
                                          end tell
                                      end tell
                                 end tell
                            end tell
                      end tell
                 end tell
            end tell
            
            

             

             

            It could be a single line, but this works.